Neighbors’ protests cancel cell-tower plan
Mar. 1, 2016 PLYMOUTH EAGLE.
Plymouth Michigan News
A third location has been proposed for a planned Verizon cell tower in Canton Township, after protests from residents of homes near the first two sites considered were successful in rejecting those locations.
After the first site proposed by Verizon, located on township- owned land near Hannan and Palmer, was rejected by members of the Canton Township Board of Trustees, Verizon proposed erecting the new tower near the Abundant Life Church of God, also on Hannan Road, south of Palmer. That suggestion, which would have brought about $1,000 a month to the church food pantry for the needy, also did not sit well with nearby residents who suggested the tower could negatively impact their home values.
Township Supervisor Phil LaJoy told members of the board last week that the church had notified his office that plans to allow the 120-foot tower near the church had been dropped. Under that plan, the nearest home would have remained about 250 feet from the tower. The change in plans came following a meeting of church representatives with about 180 neighboring residents early this month. Residents in Canton, Wayne and Westland protested the church site.
A third proposed location has been suggested by Nick Hermatz, the owner of Wayne Lawn and Garden located at 39915 Michigan Ave. in a commercial district. Hermatz said that he has land available at the site, although he said he has had no negotiations with Verizon about the issue. Wayne Lawn and Garden is located about a mile from the Abundant Life Church property.